The ESS Electronic Questionnaire Device is required to enable completion of a questionnaire on a dedicated device. Bidders should outline in their proposal how to create or tailor an existing device (eg tablet) which is capable of allowing respondents to self-administer the ESS questionnaire so it can be used in parallel with web surveys. The battery powered device would be used to collect questionnaire data off-line and would be simple to use. No log in would be required, it would have a touch screen functionality (and possible voice recording for open items) and there would be no other accessible apps or settings besides the survey app when in interviewing mode. The device would be designed so it could be left by interviewers at respondent's homes with instructions on who should complete it. A special function would allow data to be uploaded to a central server by an interviewer once they got the device to their home. With a cleaning protocol the devices could be used for multiple respondents (this might require a waterproof device or the use of a durable see-through case that could be replaced each time - bidders should outline their proposed approach). The device would have no use beyond survey completion. The questionnaire would be designed to be as similar as possible to a web questionnaire (ESS centrally uses Qualtrics) to maximise equivalence across the self-completion modes. Bidders would be asked to develop a tool where data could be uploaded to different national fieldwork agencies directly from the device (ideally without transmitting it via third party servers). Bidders are asked to be creative on how such a device can be set up.
Professor Rory Fitzgerald
ESS ERIC HQ, c/o City University London, Northampton Square
Contract value: 200000
Published: 3 Jul 2020, Receipt by: 5 Aug 2020
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